Gardens tend to look a bit dreary during the Winter months but by growing a few seasonal flowering plants you can brighten your garden for the season.
There are quite a few varieties of plant that suit the cooler months into Spring.
Azaleas are evergreen and the flowers vary from pale pink to cherry, coral or magenta. They are drought tolerant and frost resistant.
Camellias have gorgeous rosettes of white, pink, red or bi-coloured blooms and will flower from late Autumn to early Spring. It is an evergreen, upright shrub that looks good all year round, preferring a dappled shaded position.
Strelitzias ( Crane flower/bird of paradise) is an exotic looking plant with bright orange petals and purple ‘tongues’. It resembles a ‘bird of paradise’ and is a statement plant for any garden.
Antirrhinums (snapdragons) can be relied on to provide colour throughout the colder months. Ranging from bright reds, bronze, yellow, orange, pink, purple and white. Keep them flowering for longer by deadheading regularly.
Hellebores (hellebores orientalis) is an evergreen perennial that starts flowering in early Winter. The leaves are fan-shaped and the flowers vary from pink, wine, green or white. Hellebores prefer a dappled shade during the Summer months.
Iceland poppies will grow happily in full sun all through Winter and Spring if they are deadheaded continually. The poppies come in a variety of colours, red, pink, yellow, orange, cream and white and will bring the wow factor to your garden!
Calendulas are a lovely colourful plant to brighten any border, along with Salvias, which are both perennials (the Salvia is also from the Sage family). Salvias can have pretty blue and white flowers, or pink, lavender, yellow, violet or white. Popular varieties are ‘hot lips’, ‘red surprise’ and ‘neon pink’. Other colourful plants to choose from are Zinnias, Celosia, Delphiniums, Phlox, Portulaca, Nicotiana, Dianthus, Begonias, Godetia, Lobelias, Rudbekias and Pansies.
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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.